Pisum sativum – Dwarf Snap Pea – Sugar Ann
56 days [1984, AAS Winner] Extra- early. Crisp, flavorful 3 in. snap peas. Compact 2 ft. vines don’t require trellising. Also good for fall crop. Freezes well.
Packet: 1 oz (28g) , approximately 90-220 seeds, depending on variety, sows 12-20’.
How to Grow: Peas are a fast-maturing cool-weather crop. In the Mid-Atlantic region spring-planted peas produce a better quality crop than fall-planted peas. Spring planting is also better because the vines are more resistant to freezing than the pods, which are more likely to freeze as they mature in the fall. Sow peas as soon as the soil can be worked. Soil should be well drained with pH in the range of 6.0 to 6.8. Peas require a soil rich in phosphorus and potassium for good production. Too much nitrogen causes lush vine growth at the expense of pod production. Sow seed 1” deep, 1/2-1” apart in double rows 4” apart. Thin to 2” apart. Single or double rows should be planted 2’ apart for dwarf varieties and 2-1/2 to 3’ apart for tall varieties. Support tall varieties on a trellis or fence, or use well-branched brush stuck into the ground. Peas normally do not need to be watered unless the soil is consistently dry at the time of pod production.
Harvest: Pick as soon as pods are full. The sugar in peas converts to starch soon after harvest, so to keep the sweet flavor, use or process within two hours.
Diseases: Peas are susceptible to a variety of diseases, most commonly in soils that have grown peas for many years. If disease is a problem, use resistant varieties and follow a 5-year rotation.
Seed Savers: Isolate varieties by a minimum of 50’ for home use. For pure seed isolate by 150’.